Enoch Pratt Free Library

Writers at the Library

Readings and Book Signings

September 18, 2002 – October 8, 2002

All readings will be held in the Poe Room of the Central Library, unless otherwise indicated. Copies of the authors' books will be available at book signings following the programs. To register, call 410-396-5494.

Tayari Jones

Leaving Atlanta

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Central Library - Poe Room

In the summer of 1979 black children were disappearing from the streets of Atlanta. By the time the heinous killing spree was over, twenty-nine children were dead. Amid this volatile world of terror, children were fighting their own painful battles with adolescence. In her debut novel, Leaving Atlanta (Warner Books), award-winning author Tayari Jones tells a powerful story that blends history with unforgettable fictional characters. Ms. Jones received the Hurston/Wright Award for 2000 and has also won awards from the Robert C. Martindale Foundation, the Arizona Commission of the Arts, and the LEF Foundation.

Gus Russo

The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America.

Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.

Central Library - Poe Room

The Outfit (Bloomsbury) tells the story of the Chicago crime syndicate, which controlled American politics and entertainment for much of the 20th century. Drawing upon recently released FBI files, the working papers of the Kefauver Committee, and interviews with Outfit associates, Gus Russo recounts the exploits of the syndicates' biggest bosses (Tony "Joe Batters” Accardo, Murray "The Camel" Humphreys, Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, and others) who ran their operation like a Fortune 500 company. Gus Russo is the author of Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. An investigative reporter, he has worked for PBS' Frontline series and other major television networks.

Gilbert Sandler

Small Town Baltimore: An Album of Memories

Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m.

Central Library - Wheeler Auditorium

For more than 25 years, Gilbert Sandler chronicled Baltimore's bygone life in his "Baltimore Glimpses" column in the Evening Sun and the Sun. In Small Town Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University Press), Sandler's delightful sketches take readers back to a time when flagpole-sitting was all the rage, when guests at high society weddings ate chef David Bruce's famous chicken croquettes, and when the salt rubdown at Rowland's Turkish Bath could take one's troubles away. Born and raised in Baltimore, Gilbert Sandler is the author of Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album and The Neighborhood: The Story of Baltimore's Little Italy.” Baltimore has always been a sensory town full of color, smells, loudness, smooth jazz, jagged emotions and watery ways. Ethnic neighborhoods add to the excitement and cacophony of Baltimore. Small Town Baltimore goes beyond the veneer of the Harbor and brings all the inner senses to light." Camay Calloway Murphy, daughter of Cab Calloway, and Executive Director, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

RM Johnson

Love Frustration

Monday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Central Library - Poe Room

RM Johnson, author of the Essence bestseller, The Harris Family, serves up a wild, fast-paced, sexy, and shocking tale about a group of Chicago-based friends and lovers in his fourth novel, Love Frustration (Simon & Schuster). Jayson Abraham is about to give up on love and marriage altogether until he meets Faith. When Jayson discovers, shortly before their wedding day, that Faith has been using him, he retreats into the arms of his longtime best friend Asha Mills and plots revenge against Faith. RM Johnson is the author of The Harris Men and Father Found. He lives in Washington, DC.

E. Ethelbert Miller

Beyond the Frontier; African American Poetry for the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.

Central Library - Poe Room

In assembling the poems for Beyond the Frontier (Black Classic Press), poet E. Ethelbert Miller contacted hundreds of writers and reviewed more than 1,000 poems. "I wanted to produce a work that would chronicle the beginning of a new century and a new age in black poetry, one that included works by those who were prominent at the end of the last century and those that will be prominent in the new century," said Miller. The result is a massive book with 175 contributors and more than 350 poems. Joining E. Ethelbert Miller at this reading will be local poets whose work is featured in the anthology: Brandon Johnson, Carolyn Joyner, Laini Mataka, Reggie Timpson and Yao (Hoke S. Glover III).

Enoch Pratt Free Library

400 Cathedral St.

Baltimore, MD 21201-4484


Dr. Carla Hayden, Director

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